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Matt Cleary

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Which ones though? Perth? Adelaide? Christchurch? Super League showed us fish where the fish are. You can’t take league to non-league lands. The strip of northern Sydney and north of Sydney, there’s a million people, league fans, without a team. Only need 5 per cent of them – and however many people who’d jump back aboard from other places – and you’ve got 50,000+ members.

Bring back the Bears: A million reasons why they're needed right here and not PNG

I dunno… those rallies illustrate public opinion. Political types do … I dunno, listen, a bit. The Souths one got 80,000, and got Souths back in, along with a few other things. What do you reckon – if they get 50,000 people to march up Miller St? Or 20,000… or have two rallies – one in Gosford, one in North Sydney … or march down the Pacific Highway! Ha. It’d be something. Make people listen.

Bring back the Bears: A million reasons why they're needed right here and not PNG

I see your point. But anecdotally, and they’ve done many studies and surveys, and found that the North Sydney Bears fans would be cool with sharing their brand / club / whatever, with the Central Coast. And the Central Coast would be cool with the Bears as “their” team and to join up with the lower and upper north shore. Both sets of supporters – and maybe it was the same for Magpies and Tigers, Dragons and Steelers, Bears and Sea Eagles fans back in the day, are pragmatic enough to know that if they want to have a footy club and for them to be the Bears, they have to share with the other mob. And it would feel less a merge as a new birth, or arrival. Something. I dunno. I just think it’d be very cool.

Bring back the Bears: A million reasons why they're needed right here and not PNG

They don’t have to identify with Gosford. They just have to share the North (of) Sydney Bears. There’s a million people. They don’t need many. The Dragons, Bulldogs and Sharks have a million between them. There’s three clubs. Bears are just one.

Bring back the Bears: A million reasons why they're needed right here and not PNG

Ha. See you at the rally, then?

Bring back the Bears: A million reasons why they're needed right here and not PNG

Because of the ancient enmity between North Sydney Bears fans and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles fans, and that Bears fans will come to Central Coast and vice versa. Both regions – North Shore and Central Coast – want to be the Bears. They’ll share the Bears. Studies have shown. Surveys. Anecdotes.

Bring back the Bears: A million reasons why they're needed right here and not PNG

Manly.

Bring back the Bears: A million reasons why they're needed right here and not PNG

Excellent stuff, Geevant.

BRETT GEEVES: 'The day I truly believed Justin Langer was going to kill me'

Nah it was this one I was thinking of… 96 at Athletic Park… https://youtu.be/qxmoImpQrG8

Own the haka, own collisions, own the rolling maul - and 27 other ways to beat the All Blacks

Ah! You are of course correct, curse you! 😁 I’ll get the Ed to get that fixed. What was the game in 96 the ABs put 40 on us, I reckon, in terrible conditions. Kronfeld was prominent from (clearly bad) memory.

Own the haka, own collisions, own the rolling maul - and 27 other ways to beat the All Blacks

Mate they’re different sports with entirely different contexts. You’re comparing yarns about beating the USA in basketball and nearly losing to France B in rugby. One was glass half empty – we should’ve beaten France B at home, while beating the USA, even in an Exhibition game with 3 players missing from the NBA finals, is huge in the context of the game, the team, the Olympics, history, Mabo, etc.

You better believe in the Boomers, they're the real deal

Did you read the first paragraph of this one?

You better believe in the Boomers, they're the real deal

Yes, thanks Dean

A win is a win but be thankful Wallabies weren't playing the real France

Yes! That pass was flat and good and only missed, as Maxwell Smart said, by that much. It was the playing sense I liked, and the combo with the runner. But you’d suggest McDermott starts in one or more of the next two Tests.

A win is a win but be thankful Wallabies weren't playing the real France

Good one, Duncan. I’ll get the Eds to look at that.

Fancy that Australia, a drunken punch-up in Bali?

So … he’s Tevita Jnr? Or Tevita Pantai Junior?

Sorry – i don’t get it. Is his dad Tevita Pangai Senior?

They may love the club but players gonna play - for themselves

Hi mate. Thanks for the kind words. And yeah, good fellah is Matt. Check out May issue Inside Sport (Collingwood bloke on cover) and https://www.playersvoice.com.au/matt-mitchell-i-didnt-want-him-see-what-saw/.

On a mission: Matt Bowen and Matt Mitchell's Australian Story

I didn’t say he couldn’t coach.
I said that he’s no lesser coach for a 25% record as an overall one of 66%.
I said that it’s his players that win games.
And Bellamy would agree.
And so would Bennett. And Sticky. And John Morris.
Coaches are important. Point was not so important to dominate the news cycle for a week because two blokes swapped jobs.

Bennett versus Seibold is less interesting than many, many, many things

That was the point mate – that during Origin and without his best players, his win record is a quarter. But with his best players it’s two-thirds. And he’s the same coach doing the same coachy things with the nuffies as the champions.

Bennett versus Seibold is less interesting than many, many, many things

And there’s the rub, for mine. Why’d they anoint that No.7 with the C and all the mega-bucks when he’s not the best 7 or C? I love Hooper. But Pocock’s just better. Just is.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Ha. Isn’t that true of all of us, Carl?

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Sport can do stuff, like everyone. But the big picture is all the cars and smokestacks pumping rubbish into the air. It’s got to stop. We’ve got to get energy from the sun and wind, and the waves and stuff that doesn’t so root the atmosphere and environment, the thing otherwise known as where we live.

Hot enough (to cancel the Test match cricket) for ya?

NASA has no such graph. They could probably rig you up one based on the odds of you picking the card at the Valley, my tip about 8 million to one. That’s why bookies drive Mercedes.

Question: If they cancelled the Cox Plate one year because it was 47 degrees and horses might die, and the AJC and Chris Waller and, I dunno, Johnny Tapp said climate change was rooting racing, would that … affect you?

Hot enough (to cancel the Test match cricket) for ya?

Ha. You even look at it?

Here: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

Evidence. Facts and stuff.

Hot enough (to cancel the Test match cricket) for ya?

I don’t know mate. I know it’s NASA. They have put up a graph. And they are Experts. I trust Experts from NASA over James from Forbes, and Investors.com, and Alan Jones, and every other screaching parrot beholden to big coal, and what have you.

I trust the Scientists. They have no reason to lie about it. They have not conspired all together to lie about it. Since humans began pumping shit into the sky, the planet’s getting hotter you only need measure glaciers to prove it. And it’s unprecdented in the last 650,000 years.

And NASA.

Hot enough (to cancel the Test match cricket) for ya?

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